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Overview

Introduction to Kodiak, Alaska

Kodiak, Alaska, in Kodiak Island county, is 250 miles S of Anchorage, Alaska.

Kodiak History

Native Americans have lived in present-day Kodiak for about 7,000 years. The word 'Kadiak' in their language means an island. The Russians first discovered the island in 1763. Captian Cook of Britain visited the area in 1778. Alexander Baranov, a fur trapper, built a warehouse and a settlement where the city of Kodiak now stands. In 1784, Shelikov founded a Russian settlement at Three Saints Bay. His objective was to continue the sea otter hunting industry and restrict British fur trade. It was named Pavlov Harbour. The U.S. constructed a navy base in Kodiak in 1938. In 1941, Kodiak was incorporated.

Kodiak and nearby Attractions

  • Kodiak City - Museum
  • Alutiiq Museum
  • Baranov Museum
  • Fort Abercombie State Historic Site
  • Shuyak State Park

Things To Do In Kodiak

The city of Kodiak has many parks. One can visit Pasagshak State Recreation Site which provides camping, fishing, and picnic facilities. Book lovers will enjoy the A. Holmes Johnson Memorial Library. There are a number of reservoirs including Lower Reservoir and Lake Bettinger Lower Reservoir. One can also visit the Evangelical Museum.

Kodiak Transportation

The Kodiak Airport is nearby.

Kodiak Higher Education

The University of Alaska Anchorage, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Peninsula College, Whatcom Community College, and Evergreen State College offer opportunities for higher education.

People

Total Population 6,293
Male Share of the Population 51.9%
Female Share of the Population 48.1%
Senior Citizens 9.6%
Employed Population 16+ 3,560
Age of the Population 37

Families

% of people married 44.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 22.1%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $72,750
% Above Poverty Level 88.2%
% Below Poverty Level 11.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 11 minutes
% Working from Home 5.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 14.5%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 24.7%
Median Gross Rent $862
Median House Value $216,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 64.1%
US/American 0%
English 4%
Irish 8%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Kodiak Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 250 miles S of Anchorage, Alaska
County Kodiak Island
Standard Zip Codes 99615
P.O. Box Zip Codes 99619, 99697
Phone Area Codes 907
Time Zone Alaska (-9 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 57.79
Longitude -152.407

Kodiak Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station KODIAK AP
Distance 4.4 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 35 F
Apr Temp 32 to 43 F
Jul Temp 49 to 60 F
Oct Temp 34 to 46 F
Annual Precip 75.3 inches
Station OUZINKIE
Distance 10.5 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 34 F
Apr Temp 30 to 41 F
Jul Temp 46 to 58 F
Oct Temp 34 to 45 F
Annual Precip 78.5 inches
Station HOMER 8 NW
Distance 138.4 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 26 F
Apr Temp 27 to 39 F
Jul Temp 45 to 59 F
Oct Temp 29 to 39 F
Annual Precip 28.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Kodiak, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Uscgs (99619)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Ouzinkie 230 $55,000
Port Lions 231 $68,750

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Kodiak Public Libraries

Library
Chiniak Public Library
42650 CHINIAK HIGHWAY
Kodiak, Alaska
(907) 486-3022
A. Holmes Johnson Memorial Library
319 LOWER MILL BAY ROAD
Kodiak, Alaska
(907) 486-8686

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Kodiak High Schools

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KODIAK HIGH SCHOOL
917 REZANOF EAST
907-486-9211
Serves 785 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.8

KODIAK ISLAND CORRESP.
722 MILL BAY ROAD
907-486-9252
Serves 56 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 186.7

KARLUK SCHOOL
MAIN STREET
907-241-2217

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